Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 10

The Defector (1 Jan. 1990)

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When a Romulan officer defects to the Federation with a warning of a impending invasion, Capt. Picard struggles to decide if he is to be believed.

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Data was discovering the human condition by Shakespearian acting, when Picard gets informed a craft entered the Neutral Zone. It's identified as a Romulan scout, which claims to need urgently asylum from a persecutor. The wounded Setol gets it, and warns the Romulans nearly finished building a base on a planet in the Neutral Zone, in order to occupy it and from there strike 15 neighboring Federation zones with a fleet of war birds, which would mean another full war, but still remains rather defensive, at times hostile. Commander Riker and counselor Troi are charged with questioning him further, in case it's a ploy to lure them into the zone as a war pretext. The admiralty refuses the Empire's demand to return the defector, and orders Picard to find out if the threat is real. After technological means came to contradictory conclusions, Setol discloses his real identity, and that's not the last surprising twist... Written by KGF Vissers

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Episode begins with Data rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare's Henry V, while being watched by Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart. In the play scene the part of Williams (being acted by a holodeck construct) is also played by Patrick Stewart under heavy makeup. It is notable that only Bates, the one other character in the scene, is credited at the end of the episode. See more »

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In Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Enemy, the Enterprise had a visual conversation with a Romulan ship that was over "6 hours away" from the Enterprise. But in the beginning of this episode Lt. Worf states that the scout ship is too far out of range for a visual conversation, even though within a few moments the ship is within visual range and even able to put their shields around it. See more »

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I don't know, Data, my gut tells me we ought to be listening to what this guy's trying to tell us.
Lt. Commander Data: Your gut?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: It's just a... a feeling, you know, an instinct. Intuition.
Lt. Commander Data: But those qualities would interfere with rational judgment, would they not?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: You're right, sometimes they do.
Lt. Commander Data: Then... why not rely strictly on the facts?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Because you just can't rely on the plain and simple facts. Sometimes they lie.
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References Henry V (1989) See more »

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Oh, those Romulans are tricksy....
16 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Defector" begins with some Romulan ships chasing one of their shuttles into Federation space. The person on the shuttle calls for help and the Enterprise comes to its aid. However, when the Romulan attackers are driven off, it turns out that the pilot is a Romulan himself! And, he claims to have information about an upcoming Romulan attack. Now considering that the Romulans LOVE deceit and that they love to lure their enemies into attacking first, it's obvious that this might be all part of some elaborate trap. Not surprisingly, Picard and the crew are quite dubious and it's up to them to determine whether to listen to this man named 'Setol' or not.

This is a decent episode--because all the Romulan episodes are good. In addition, the bittersweet ending works quite well. My only reservation is all the stuff about Shakespeare...yuck! Well worth seeing in spite of this.


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